Not the scariest. Not the goriest. Just the most fun!
Majestic Landing, Kyle Lane, Huntington, WV
Open every Friday and Saturday night in October 2021
Majestic Landing, Kyle Lane, Huntington, WV
General Admission: $20
First come, first scared. Ticket booth opens at 7 p.m. and tours begin at 7:30 p.m. or as soon as darkness arrives. Ticket holders are admitted to General Admission line in the order tickets are purchased. General Admission line will alternate tours with Fast Pass line.
Season Pass: $60
Want to visit the haunt more than once? You can tour as many times as you want and come any or all of the 10 nights we are open with a season pass which gives you access to all of our special guests for one low fee.
Fast Pass: $30
If it’s worth $10 to get scared sooner, we offer two lines from which ticket holders are admitted. An extra $10 gets you in the shorter Fast Pass line possibly saving a 30 to 90 minute wait in the General Admission line.
Paranormal Ghost Hunt: $20
The Paranormal Investigation Team (PIT) will offer paranormal ghost hunts of the Haunted Majestic grounds and barges beginning approximately 30 minutes after the haunt closes each night. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth from 7 to 11 p.m. on the night of your tour. These tours will take place after Haunted Majestic closes on these nights and will last approximately 90 minutes.
Friday the 13th Ghost Hunts
What better way to celebrate 2022’s only Friday the 13th but by touring the historic Haunted Majestic floating hospital barges – at night! Groups of not more than 10 people will roam the grounds and the barges in search of the paranormal during this one-night-only intimate event! Tours begin at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight and last approximately 90 minutes. Come armed with your ghost hunting gear as you and your tour guide venture back to World War II to talk to some of the more than 300 servicemen who perished aboard the Majestic. You won’t be disappointed!
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Note: Paranormal Tours begin approximately 30 minutes after closing each Friday and Saturday night during haunt season and last approximately 90 minutes. Paranormal Tour tickets must be purchased prior to 11 p.m. at the ticket booth on the night of the tour.
Haunted Majestic is located at Majestic Landing just north of Robert Newlon Airport at the end of Kyle Lane, off WV Route 2 five miles north of Huntington, WV. From Interstate 64, take Exit 18 and follow WV Route 193 3 1/2 miles to the intersection of WV Route 2. Turn left onto WV Route 2 and go one block to Kyle Lane. Turn right onto Kyle Lane and follow 1/4 mile across the railroad tracks to Robert Newlon Airport. Parking is available in the field to the right as you enter the airport property. Total drive from I-64 Exit 18 is four miles.
Parking for the Haunted Majestic haunted attraction is $5 per car and is located at the east end of Robert Newlon Airport. After entering the airport property a parking attendant will direct cars to a large field through the gate to the right where sufficient parking will be available. From the parking field, the main gate of Majestic Landing is a mere 100 foot walk. Look for the large fence, gates, and burning torches at the entrance.
Haunted Majestic is operated by a 100% volunteer staff. All of our planners, designers, guides, and management personnel are volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to work at Haunted Majestic you can contact us through the website’s contact form.
Our volunteers choose a charity that their labors will benefit and Haunted Majestic will donate 10 cents for each ticket sold to the charity each volunteer chooses. It doesn’t sound like much, but if you and 9 friends volunteer for a night and 500 people tour Haunted Majestic that night then your chosen charity would receive 10 cents X 10 volunteers X 500 tickets which would total $500. The more you volunteer and the more friends you get to volunteer with you then the more your chosen charity can receive. Yes, you can be your own chosen charity if you would rather receive the money into your own pocket, but remember, if you make more than $600 during the course of the event we have to report your noble service to the IRS via a Form 1099!
We ask that volunteers commit to at least three evenings of volunteering so that the haunt has continuity and we aren’t constantly training and orienting new volunteers. Are you part of a church youth group or charitable organization? Haunted Majestic would be a great way to earn some funds for your group while having a hauntingly good time!
We need actors, guides, scene builders, audio and lighting technicians, cleanup personnel, makeup artists, ticket managers, photographers, videographers, and more. If you feel like you have a talent we can use please shoot us an email.
Haunted Majestic provides space for vendors of products and services which are haunt related. If you have a business that would like to set up a vendor table or tent at Haunted Majestic please contact us through the website’s contact form for further information.
Vendor spaces are limited to a 10-foot by 10-foot area and electrical hookup is provided on a first booked, first served basis. The cost to vend is $25 per night and vending locations are assigned by the Haunted Majestic staff based on availability of space in and around the pavilion area.
2022 Featured Vendors
Haunted Majestic is currently booking featured vendors for the 2022 haunt season. If interested in becoming a featured vendor please send an email to email@example.com.
Haunted Majestic is currently booking special guests for the 2022 haunt season. If interested in becoming a special guest please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haunted Majestic is currently booking featured entertainers for the 2022 haunt season. If interested in becoming a featured entertainer please send an email to email@example.com.
Is the Haunted Majestic attraction suitable for all ages?
While Haunted Majestic promotes itself as a “family-themed haunted attraction” we leave that decision to the parent or guardian. Our haunt is not designed to be overly gory or extremely scary as our focus is more on providing families with a hauntingly fun atmosphere.
Is the Haunted Majestic event A.D.A. compliant?
Unfortunately, no. The haunt is located on two floating barges moored on the Ohio River. The haunt takes participants on a walk through two levels of these barges and several staircases must be traversed up and down during the tour. We will do all we can to accommodate physically challenged individuals and will assist as much as possible to ensure every customer has a scary encounter but the tour is not accessible by wheelchair or recommended for those with severe disabilities.
How does the tour work?
Haunted Majestic is a self-toured haunt with visitors being sent through the haunt in groups of 12 or smaller. The trail to, through and from the haunt is clearly marked and there are trail guides positioned along the course to keep groups on course and grouped together. Stay with your group or face being left behind! Each group is provided with a pre-tour instruction session prior to entering the haunt and tours are sent every five minutes from the ticketing area.
Is someone going to touch me during the tour?
No. The Haunted Majestic attraction is filled with ghosts, goblins, zombies and other monsters which will scare you using loud noises, lighting and other techniques and special effects, but none of the actors will touch you and you are asked not to touch them during the tour.
How long does the tour last?
The self-guided tour will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and visitors will return to the point where the haunt started at the conclusion of their tour.
Is Haunted Majestic merchandise available for sale?
Yes. Haunted Majestic has many items in its museum and gift shop located on the first deck of the historic sternwheeler Blennerhassett. Items include t-shirts, hats, mugs, bracelets, pens, decals, and other items.
What forms of payment are accepted?
Haunted Majestic accepts cash, VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover at the ticket booth and gift shop.
Can visitors take photos or video during the tour?
Filming or photographing is permitted outside the Haunted Majestic but once you enter the tour we ask that you turn off your phones and cameras.
What happens if it rains?
Much of the Haunted Majestic tour is indoors so a little rain won’t stop the show. However, if heavy rain or storms are present the event may be delayed or close on a case by case basis for the safety of our visitors who must wait outside for their turn to tour the attraction. Anytime the haunt would have to close due to weather your unused ticket will be honored on any other night we are open for scares.
Are there concessions available on site?
Yes. Haunted Majestic does have several concession options for visitors including sandwiches, side items and drinks, as well as a picnic area on site for eating and relaxing.
Are there restrooms on site?
Yes. There are several portable restrooms available for guests near the Haunted Majestic ticket booth and concession area.
Does my ticket get me access to special guests?
Yes. Haunted Majestic will have special guests on site every night! TV celebrities, horror writers, vehicles used in movies and TV, and more. Your admission ticket includes photo opportunities and meet/greet with all of our special guests. Free autographs may be limited to purchased memorabilia by some special guests but all special guests, including their vehicles, will be available for free photo opportunities to anyone with a General Admission, Fast Pass or Season Pass. If you want to see a special guest who is appearing on a night other than the night you have purchased a ticket for, you will need to purchase another ticket for that night or upgrade to a Season Pass.
Will Haunted Majestic’s special guests have merchandise for sale?
Yes. Most guests will have a merchandise table where you can purchase t-shirts, photos, books, and other items they bring.
Is there a cost for parking?
Yes. The staff at the adjacent Robert Newlon Airport will provide and manage parking for the Haunted Majestic events. The cost is $5 per car.
Can I upgrade to a Season Pass after going through the haunt?
Yes. If you visit Haunted Majestic and decide later you want to upgrade to a Season Pass all you need to do is show proof of your visit with a ticket stub and the ticket amount will be deducted from the Season Pass price.
Does the haunt use fog machines or strobe lights?
Yes. Haunted Majestic does use fog machines, flashing lights, strobe lights, loud noises such as sirens and air horns, and bursts of compressed air at various places throughout the haunt. If you believe any of these may cause an adverse reaction you should consider not going on the tour.
Is Haunted Majestic available for private rentals?
Yes. The barges and grounds are available for private rentals for such events as private paranormal investigations, weddings, birthdays, and other similar events. A basic rental guideline can be found by clicking here:
“Haunted Majestic Rental Guidelines.“
The Haunted Majestic is a floating seasonal haunted attraction located on the Ohio River at Majestic Landing near Huntington, West Virginia. The attraction is comprised of a common two story structure that covers two inland river barges which are permanently moored side by side. The vessel has a haunted history which dates back more than a century.
Sand Dredge Barges
The barges began service as separate sand dredge barges built in 1912 by the Majestic Steamship Line during the great canalization of the Ohio River. As a result of the River and Harbor Act of 1910, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was required to maintain the Ohio River channel deep enough to allow for cargo transport. During the next 16 years the barges were used to haul sand and mud which was dredged from the river bottom. It was during this service that the barges reportedly picked up more than just sand, possibly the remains of a massive Native American burial ground that contained hundreds of graves which had been hidden from view by the Ohio River’s water. Bad fortune hampered the barges throughout their service as many employees of the steamship line reported seeing ghosts and hearing chants as the barges were moored during nighttime hours. This dredging effort was completed in 1928 and the barges were used sparingly until the onset of World War II. The barges were considered haunted by the Majestic Steamship Line’s captains and were only used as last resorts when needed.
The barges, originally named Davy Crockett and Mark Twain when constructed, were renamed at the onset of World War II when they were leased by the U.S. Navy to transport and treat injured soldiers during land invasions. The barges were moored side by side and a common two story hospital structure was built atop both barges. They were renamed the Douglas Lee (1924-2009) and the Eugene Morris (1919-1978), after active military veterans serving in World War II. Both men were from West Virginia, the home base of the Majestic Steamship Line which owned the barges.
During the war effort the floating structure was towed to the English Channel between England and France where it served as a military hospital ship serving Allied soldiers injured during the European Campaign. It is reported that more than 300 service men died on the vessel during its three-year war service, many of whom paranormal investigators believe may not have fully left the vessel after their deaths.
Following the war effort, the barges remained a single unit and were stored in a naval shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia. The barges also saw action as a hospital complex during the Korean and Vietnam wars as well, being towed abroad during both conflicts to serve the U.S. armed forces. The vessel earned the nickname “the ship of death” due to the astonishingly high number of soldiers who perished on board during the span of three foreign wars. The reported hauntings grew more common as time passed and after an official government inquiry into reports that the vessels were riddled with spirit activity the Navy terminated the lease and returned the barges to the Majestic Steamship Line in 1978.
Restaurant and Landing Barges
The company had since changed hands many times and had ceased business as a steamship line many years earlier. Its heirs eventually sold the vessels to a business group in Kentucky. The unit was moved to Covington, Kentucky where it was remodeled in 1982 and served as a restaurant until 1996. At that time the barges became home to a paddlewheel tour boat company in Newport, Kentucky where they served as administrative and catering offices for the company until retired from service in 2018. The reported hauntings continued to grow throughout the barges’ long history.
In early 2019 the barges were bought by a new company ironically named the Majestic Steamboat Company and were moved back to West Virginia where they were moored and their future fate contemplated. This new company’s owners knew nothing of the barges’ haunted history, previous owners of an almost exact company name, or for whom the barges had been named.
After much research and consultation with paranormal investigators the owners pledged to preserve the vessel for those who “live” aboard and not use it for commercial purposes again. Soon, Haunted Majestic was born as the barges became permanently moored at the steamboat company’s home at Majestic Landing at river mile marker 300 on the Ohio River, seven miles northeast of Huntington, West Virginia.
As an eerie ending to the barges’ haunted history, the Majestic Steamboat Company is owned by a married couple and their daughter with no previous knowledge or connection to the vessel. The husband is the son of Douglas Lee and the wife is the daughter of Eugene Morris, the World War II veterans who did not know one another and for whom the vessels were named nearly 30 years before the current owners were born. The current owners’ daughter is granddaughter to both men for whom the barges are named and will serve as caretaker of the vessels into the future. The two men for whom the barges were named never served on the barges or knew of their existence during their lifetimes. Both died of natural causes in their home state of West Virginia many years after their military service.
Believing they were somehow “chosen” to care for the vessel’s future and preserve its past, the owners have decided Haunted Majestic will remain moored at Majestic Landing indefinitely where visitors can tour the vessel and meet those who will forever inhabit its’ hulls.